LIAM Wallis has been installed as the 2012 Coldstreamer at a ceremony in Henderson Park.
Liam, 24, only began riding recently, after being persuaded to take it up by friends.
He has lived in Coldstream all his life, but his recent equine education includes a year spent working in a race-horse stables in Australia.
And when it comes to this summer’s rideouts, he knows the routes by heart, having grown up in a family devoted to Civic Week.
His mother Val, and father Henry are regularly involved in Civic Week preparations. Liam says it was their example, as well as friends of the family, that made him want to be Coldstreamer.
“A few of my mates told me how good it was, and then I’ve always been around people in town involved with it.”
Liam’s family and his girlfriend Annabel were on hand to see him accept the sash.
His father Henry helped him pick the colours of the sash, which this year are Tangerine Delight and Scarlet Berry.
Liam claimed not to feel nerves as he accepted the honour.
“Because I was the right-hand man last year, I’ve seen what happens and I know what to do, so there’s no nerves. None at all.”
And he knows which moment he is waiting for.
“The Flodden rideout is what it’s all about. That’s the one. I can’t wait to ride it this year. The town’s whole year is based around it.”
Chairman Presenter Jim Leifer conferred the sash on Liam, a stonemason with A N Young, and declared Grant Campbell his right-hand man.
Grant, currently in the second year of a Criminology degree at Abertay University, Dundee, is looking forward to being Coldstreamer next year, in the 500th year since the Battle of Flodden.
“It’s great to be part of history like that,” he said, “and I cannnot wait to have this great summer with Liam.”
The pair have known each other nearly all their lives, and attended Coldstream Primary and Duns High School together.
Mr Leifer, overseeing the ceremony, said, “It was a great event and everyone enjoyed themselves. Everything went very well.
“It was a great way to kick off procceedings.”
There are also the customary anniversaries being celebrated, adding to this jubilee year. Martin Lees will be receiving a medallion in this year’s civic week celebrations to mark 50 years since becoming Coldstreamer in 1962.
Iain Dickson, vice-chairman of the Flodden 1513 Club, will also be honoured for 25 years of service.
Liam and Grant wil be key figures in August’s Civic Week, which marks its own 50th anniversary.
This year’s Civic Week celebrations will also mark the beginning of the countdown to the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden., remembered at every Civic Week
A Coldstreamer himself in 1974, Mr Leifer is enjoying a fifth term as Chairman after having stepped down in 2010.
And he is already working towards next year.
“We’ve got our guest speakers organised for the Flodden anniversary next year,” he confirmed.
“As soon as the Civic Week ends this year, we will be looking ahead to 2013. Quite literally, as soon as we have our AGM, we will begin preparations for next year.”
Coldstream Civic Week this year will run from Sunday August 5 to Sunday August 12.
There will be the traditional rideouts, as well as a Fancy Dress Parade and Fireworks display.
Liam’s chosen colours for this year are Tangerine Delight and Scarlet Berry.